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Tales of Hoffmann 1914Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The reviewer in the Daily Record (3 March) wrote " A large audience listened with manifest appreciation to Offenbach's entertaining opera. The management exercised wise judgment in its selection for the inaugural performance. The romantic but unhappy adventures of the amorous poet-student form one of the most delightful comedies set to sparkling music, and they are ever welcome to music-lovers when presented in the highly artistic mode to which Walter van Noorden, who conducted with admirable musicianly insight, has accustomed us. The cast was a strong one. Headed by Mr William Wegener, who played the part of the hero with masterly dramatic power, and sang the music with that rare charm and artistry which won him the warmest praise on his first visit to Glasgow.  He was well supported by Miss Pauline Donnan, whose clear, fresh voice was beautifully suited to the florid singing in which the doll is made to indulge: Miss Ina Hill was successful alike vocally and histrionically as Giuletta, the flirt, and Antonia, the consumptive singer; ... The rendering of the familiar numbers, notably Mr foster's 'His soul shall be mine' and the love duet between Hoffmann and Giulietta, and the singing of the male chorus in the wine cellar, were particularly fine, while the band gave the necessary aid to a very finished performance."

Tales of Hoffmann had recently been performed by both the Beecham and Quinlan companies, but this was its first Scottish appearance with the Royal Carl Rosa Opera, who would continue to play it regularly.

As always at this period, the standard published text was used - Stella and Lindorf were cut from Prologue and Epilogue, and the order of the tales was altered. The Venetian act, with Giulietta, was, until quite recently, played as the centrepiece, with the death of Antonia forming the work's climax.

The two week season at Edinburgh's Lyceum began on Monday, 16 February. This cast is drawn from the OperaScotland copy of the programme for the two items on the first Saturday, 21 February, when the evening performance was of Faust. Our programme for Friday 27 February has an identical cast.

The second week's programme was Mon Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Marriage of Figaro; Wed Tannhäuser; Thu Magic Flute; Fri Tales of Hoffmann; Sat mat Jewels of the Madonna; Sat eve Trovatore.

Our copy of the programme for Friday 27 February also includes the cast for The Magic Flute on 26 February.

Further tour dates to be confirmed.

Performance Cast

Nicklausse Hoffmann's friend

Sibyl Conklin

Nathaniel a student

Archibald Hill

Hermann a student

Mostyn Bell

Luther an innkeeoer

Thomas O'Kelly

Hoffmann a poet

William Wegener

Olympia a doll

Pauline Donnan

Spalanzani an Italian inventor

Robert Brookes

Cochenille Spalanzani's servant

Reginald Gordon

Coppélius a scientist, Spalanzani's rival

Frederick Clendon

Antonia Crespel's daughter

Ina Hill

Crespel a councillor of Munich

Frederick Clendon

Franz Crespel's servant

Albert Felton

Dr Miracle a doctor

Hebden Foster

Antonia's mother a spirit voice

Sibyl Conklin

Giulietta a courtesan

Ina Hill

Schlemil Giulietta's lover

Mostyn Bell

Pitichinaccio Giulietta's admirer

Reginald Gordon

Dapertutto a sorcerer

Hebden Foster

Performance DatesTales of Hoffmann 1914

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Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

16 Feb, 19.00 21 Feb, 14.00 23 Feb, 19.15 27 Feb, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

2 Mar, 19.15 7 Mar, 14.00 11 Mar, 19.15 14 Mar, 19.15

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